The can’t-miss online tech events for winter 2021

The can’t-miss online tech events for winter 2021

Discover the latest trends in fintech and explore solutions to the world’s most pressing issues — from the comfort of your own home.

With many 2021 events already announcing the move to online, it looks like we won’t be meeting in person for a bit longer. But this means we have the chance to attend any major event happening anywhere around the world — if you’ve ever wanted to attend SXSW in Austin, for instance, this is the time to explore what it’s like from home.

Here at MaRS, we’re planning another year of events after the successful launch of MaRS Impact Week. More than 1,000 members of the tech community gathered online, heard from high-profile tech, cleantech and social finance speakers, made connections through our virtual networking platform, and learned how we can build a better future together. Read the event recap here and sign up for our newsletter to be the first to hear about new events.

Here are our top picks for online tech events this winter:

A conference for the fintech sector

How can the fintech ecosystem take advantage of the changes in consumer and business behaviour due to the pandemic? At the Canadian Fintech Summit, attendees will hear from speakers at such companies as Wealthsimple, KOHO, RBC and Salesforce. Plus, the best startups tackling solutions in capital markets, lending, accounting, payments, retail and insurance will compete in a pitch battle. Attendees can also participate in hands-on workshops covering challenges and strategies for the sector. March 23–25, online


A challenge for health innovators

Of the four most common cancers, lung cancer has the lowest survival rate, regardless of stage at diagnosis. To help lung cancer patients and save lives, MaRS and Merck Canada are launching the Lung Cancer Innovation Challenge. The competition asks Ontario-based innovators to identify, implement and scale solutions that can reduce the length of time between diagnosis and treatment, and enable improved treatment outcomes. The challenge’s virtual launch features a panel discussion on the barriers and opportunities associated with the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer. January 20, online


Online meetups for the Toronto tech community

The event calendar for TechTO is packed this month with events showcasing the best Toronto tech has to offer. Join the community to hear from local founders, discover the latest Toronto tech has to offer, and network with your peers in the industry. Various dates, online


A festival for tech and the arts

SXSW is moving its experience online this year, so this could be your chance to experience the renowned festival from your own home. The conference’s themes for 2021 cover such urgent issues as racial injustice, poverty, nationalism, the climate crisis and the tech industry’s path forward. March 16–20, online


Plus, here are some more online events you might want to check out:

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